"Baby Blues" or Something More
According to Angela Caswell-Monack, DO, of Beebe Women’s Healthcare—Plantations, that's when it's time to see a doctor for postpartum depression (PPD).
How do you know if you're dealing with PPD or just baby blues?
The baby blues start in the first few days after delivery and significantly improve or stop in just a couple of weeks. This is a normal part of the adjustment to giving birth and caring for a newborn.
However, PPD does not go away so quickly, and it is usually more severe. After a few weeks, if you continue to experience depressed mood, difficulty bonding with your baby, feelings of isolation from loved ones, or changes in appetite, sleep, or energy, consider getting help.
Dr. Caswell-Monack stresses that you don't need to suffer in silence. She adds, “Women are strong, resilient, and often do not take care of themselves because they are too busy taking care of everyone else. Think to yourself this: if your best friend was feeling this way, would you tell her to talk to her doctor?”